Genre: Romance, Fiction, Erotica, Adult
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
So I finally made it to the end of this series! I’ve never been so relieved to have finished them so that I never have to waste precious hours of my life reading this rubbish. Although I do think this book was the best out of all three because most of the story was focused on the other more interesting characters of the story. The parts that did contain Christian and Ana just tended to annoy me and I couldn’t wait to get back to the other characters.
At the start of the series yes I could see why people thought that the stories were steamy and that Christian’s behaviour is sexy, now I just see him as childish and a complete control freak who won’t let Ana have a life and if she attempts to do anything he doesn’t want then he freaks out at her and has a temper tantrum that you would expect from a 2 year old when they don’t get their own way.
The entire storyline between those two is just Christian telling Ana what to do, her disobeying, they fight and he wins her over with sex…because in a real relationship that is definitely how to resolve all arguments – not. The story is so repetitive and it just gets old, even the sex scenes are the same wording so you know exactly what is going to happen, there is nothing new to read.
Towards the end of the book it picks up the pace as someone gets kidnapped (no spoilers) and I really enjoyed it because it was less about the controlling relationship and more about the kidnapping and rescuing, it was a welcome change from the depressive and repetitive lives of Christian and Ana.
In terms of the romance though there is none really, it is a completely unrealistic story and I really didn’t care about what was happening to them. The story kept skipping through the timeline and would cut bits out so half the time I didn’t really know what was happening and didn’t really care to go back over it to find out, I just wanted the story to end.
The series just tries to glamourise stalking and taking away someone’s free will. Oh yeah and apparently sex is an acceptable way to work out all of your arguments, don’t talk through them or try to compromise, just have sex. One of the few times that Ana actually disobeys Christian by going topless on a nude beach on their honeymoon he effectively brands her by leaving bruises all over her chest so that she can no longer wear a bikini, he leaves his mark on her to show that she is his property and he is in control – remind me again why this is a bestselling series?
In the book Ana spends the whole story trying to decide if Christian is angry or not and walking on eggshells to protect his good mood, when he’s not in a good mood they have sex to make him happy again. The relationship just because so absurd that I really didn’t care as they just became characters, plot fillers which I couldn’t care less about, it became too over the top and completely unbelieveable so if you’re reading the book hoping for a nice relationship you’ve probably grasped by now that this definitely isn’t the series for you.
I realise this is slowly becoming a rant however I just don’t want other people reading this book thinking that this is acceptable, do not waste your money on this book, it’s absolute rubbish. Oh and if it couldn’t get any worse after the epilogue we are treated to the start of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christians perspective, yes if you thought it couldn’t get any worse you were wrong, we will probably get three more books of the same story but from a different perspective, oh now fun, I cannot wait to read that – not! Surely the publishers have realised by now how dreadful this book is and that it doesn’t deserve any more time or effort into publishing more, please just stop now and save us all the torture of having to see the story from the eyes of the control freak.
There was one point in the book however that did actually make me laugh out loud, however it was in the middle of a sex scene so I highly doubt it was E.L. James’ intention when she wrote the line:
He impales me in one swift move
This line I thought was absolutely hilarious because as I read this all I could think was:
After that I could take nothing in this scene seriously and it really put into perspective how ridiculous this book actually is and how bad a writer E.L. James actually is.
Personally I would recommend that you borrow the books if you really want to read the series, don’t spend your money on them because they are just not worth it, there are so many other books out there that can better describe the BDSM relationship without all the control and drama that comes with the Christian and Ana relationship see The Master if you’re interested in that sort of thing as it explains it so much better and incorporates the love and protection of the relationship without the controlling “don’t do that Ana, do everything I say or else I will throw a tantrum” drama.
Summing up: Absolutely dreadful, however if you’re looking for an example of a controlling relationship this is the perfect book for you